Department of Sociology

Lilla Pivnick

M.A., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Lilla Pivnick



Health, Medical Sociology, Children and Youth, Education, Work and Occupations


Lilla Pivnick is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a trainee at the Population Research Center. Pivnick is a social demographer who uses mixed methods to study socioeconomic, racial-ethnic, and sex-gender disparities in the health and well-being of children and adults, particularly adults in caregiving roles and occupations that shape the contexts in which children develop. Her interests reflect her previous experiences as a teacher and member of the care workforce. 

Her three lines of research ask (1) How do the occupational requirements of care work influence health in a diverse care workforce? (2) How does communication between early childhood caregivers contribute to children’s achievement?, and (3) How is physical appearance associated with adolescent well-being during the transition into high school?

Pivnick's research has appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly and has received awards from the University of Texas at Austin and the American Sociological Association, including the 2020 Louise Johnson Scholar Award from ASA's Medical Sociology section.



SOC S354K • Sociology Of Health/Illness-Wb

83499 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous


This course uses lectures, documentaries, and class discussions, as well as reflections of your own and others’ health and illness and representations of health and illness in the media, to understand health and illness in the US and abroad. This course will critically examine the distribution of mortality and morbidity, how health and illness are defined and socially constructed, the experiences of illness, training and hierarchies of health care workers, interactions between health care providers and patients, alternative medicine, ethical issues in health care, and health care financing. The course will have a strong focus on social inequality in each of these topics. The majority of the course will focus on health and illness in the United States but will include discussions of health and illness in other countries and regions.


 The Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, 6th Edition by Gregory L. Weiss and Lynne E. Lonnquist

PDFs of readings on Blackboard

Grading Policy:

 Two exams  70% 

 Quizzes  20% 

 Writing assignment  10%

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